Real-time GPS tracking is a helpful tool in allowing you to follow the movements of your shipment. However, this real-time tracking tool is more than just a way for you to stay on top of where your product is and when it is set to arrive. There are several benefits attached to this, as our staff here can take it and use it for route optimization. Route optimization isn’t just about one truck. It’s about our entire fleet and how we handle the vehicles coming and going. Instead of focusing on one tree in the forest, it gives us a bird’ eye view of the forest, making it possible to make the necessary adjustments to ensure productivity and help you in your logistics management.
With the GPS tracking systems we have installed in our entire fleet, we can monitor the movements of every single truck, cargo van, and other vehicle on the road. This doesn’t just give us a window into what every truck is doing and the route they are taking, but it lets us analyze these routes. We can then compare the analytical data between the different vehicles and the locations stopped for pickups and deliveries. When comparing this kind of information, we can determine if a particular shipment combination would improve the delivery times.
Because different shipments are coming and going every day, this route optimization is in constant flux, but we can perform this analysis with ease and pinpoint the best truck any less than full truckloads should be combined with. This way, instead of just putting your shipment on a random truck and sending it out, we can put your shipment on the best truck, which will ensure your product arrives at its final destination faster.
With the route optimization, we can give you a better understanding of when our vehicles will arrive to pick up the product and when your shipment will arrive for its delivery. This way, you can package and ready your shipment for delivery and have it on the loading dock by the time the truck arrives. Without this kind of information, you might be stuck with a shipment sitting on the loading dock, waiting for the truck to arrive. It may be in the way of other shipments that need to go out, and if it needs refrigeration, it shouldn’t be sitting outside a temperature-controlled environment for long. The lack of logistics management here can cost you time and resources.
With the route optimization performed by the staff here at RJS Logistics, you have all the information you need to ensure you know what truck is arriving and when. You can then have the product ready for shipment and loading when the truck arrives. Then, when the vehicle departs, you will have information as to when the vehicle will arrive at the final destination. As the shipment receivers will have this information as well, they will be able to do the loading dock for offloading of the product. It also helps them out as they can then schedule other trucks around this arrival so that the delivery trucks do not bottleneck in the loading docks and are forced to wait.
Waiting is one of the biggest wastes of resources in the shipping industry. It forces the trucks to be idle, which is a waste of gas for the large diesel engines used in most freight shipping trucks, and it puts all other deliveries behind schedule. Thankfully, with the logistics management available through the route optimization performed by our staff, this shouldn’t be a problem.
You know when you’ll have a product ready for shipment. In the past, with other shipping companies, you may have had to meet their pick-up schedule. Sometimes this schedule might have worked; other times, you may have had to rush an order to meet the delivery window. You should never be forced to alter your product schedule simply to have it ready for a particular truck.
You want to provide your customers with the highest quality of product possible, which means you need to maintain your standard production flow. With your own logistics management system in place, you know when the product will be ready to go. And with RJS Logistics, you can schedule a truck that works with your production schedule. After all, it is the shipping company that is working for you, not you working for the shipping company.
By knowing your own shipping window, we will have the vehicle that works within that time window to have your product picked up when needed and on its way. Logistics is of growing importance in the industry today, and with our ability to optimize routes on the fly, you can feel confident in your own logistics management.
Many shipping companies out there will provide you with GPS tracking information and give you a basic idea as to when your shipment will arrive. However, here at RJS Logistics, we take the information from your shipment and every other shipment made to improve the driver’s route better. Whether it is cutting out unnecessary travel time by adjusting the route taken or combining different shipments to reduce the amount of traveling a truck is on the road, all of this goes back into both helping your shipment arrive sooner and cutting down on energy consumption and greenhouse gases. If you want to learn more about the RJS Logistics difference and find out how we can work with you in improving your company’s shipment logistics management, we are just a phone call away.